The Best New Amazon Releases: Valerian and the River City Of A Thousand Planets

Indie hits land on Nintendo platforms, while one of the year’s most interesting sci-fi flicks hits Blu-ray, this week on Amazon!

While this week is one of the leaner release weeks of 2017 on Amazon (since it’s Black Friday and all), there’s plenty to dig here at Laser Time. We’re going to be watching an overstuffed turkey in the form of Batman vs. Superman’s director’s cut for Monday Night Movie, while Laser Time focuses on Justice League. Vidjagame Apocalypse “celebrates” five years of Wii U by counting down the platform’s best games, while Thirty Twenty Ten touches on the likes of Mass Effect, Uncharted, and Parappa the Rapper. Over on Patreon, you can find the MP3 archive of our BVS commentary alongside a new Bonus Time and much more! Over on the Talking Simpsons Patreon, we get to know Jay’s parents even better on Talking Critic while the crew also visits flavor country with Homer Vs Patty And Selma. But if you need additional visual stimulation while listening to all of those great podcasts, check out the new games and movies out this week on Amazon! Don’t forget that ANY item purchased in the same visit after clicking one of these links sends some dimes back towards LT (you don’t have to purchase something here, almost ANY purchase helps us). Also, any game purchased before release date comes with a nifty 20 percent discount! Anywho, now onto the games!

River City: Rival Showdown (out Tuesday 11/21)
Come to think of it, this is probably the BEST week for a River City Ransom remake. On a week bereft of geniunely new releases, RC:RS is already going to stand out, but in the midst of tons of game deals, the already cheap Rival Showdown doesn’t NEED any additional discount. If you’re lucky enough to snag this 3DS remake before Tuesday via Amazon Prime, you’ll save 20% and be in possession of the first genuine River City game in quite some time. It’ll make you BARF with joy!

Axiom Verge: Multiverse Edition (Out Tuesday 11/21)
Even though 2017 delivered an ACTUAL Metroid game to the masses, you still can’t turn away a good Metroidvania game and Axiom Verge has been one of the best. It’s slowly but steadily been gaining notoriety over the last two-plus years to the point that we’re now getting a pretty hefty physical release. If you pick up the multiverse edition, you’ll get plenty of cool swag, including a making-of-documentary DVD that details how the game’s main creator made this indie hit during weekends over the course of five years, a 32-page art book, and a poster map of the game’s locales. That’s certainly enough to warrant $10 extra on the price tag, but if you’re in bargain hunting mode, you can snag standard-edtition discs for ten bucks less. And in either case, ordering before Tuesday with Amazon Prime will save you 20%!


Superbeat: Xonic (out Tuesday 11/21)
No, Superbeat Xonic is not a new character debuting in Sonic Forces (though if it was, you can bet Superbeat Xonic would enjoy Xhili Dogs). Superbeat: Xonic is another Switch-bound finally-physical release that sure to enrapture indie gaming fans everywhere. Even if it doesn’t have the music catalogue of Harmonix’s catalgoue, it has a style and heart all its own. It debuted as a Vita-exclusive that used the platform’s touchscreen for its rythm minigames before moving onto button-based platforms like the PS4 and Xbone, but now that it’s on Switch, you can expect the best of both worlds! And you can expect even better if you’re an Amazon Prime member ordering this before release day, where you’ll save 20 percent! Now THAT is a beat I can dance to!

Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets
Even when his films aren’t outright classics like The Fifth Element or Leon The Professional, you can count on Luc Besson’s films to be at least visually striking (like Lucy). I quite enjoyed the style of Valerian when the opening scene was shown as some sort of uber-trailer earlier in the year, and even if the tween-focused stars aren’t appealing to a thirtysomething like myself, Besson’s intergalactic visual style has me curious. Heck, that scene is basically just aliens shaking hands for three minutes and I LOVED IT! Anywho, I’m definitely going to give this one a longer look now that it’s on Blu-ray and I can appreciate the visuals from the comfort of my home theater.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard
While “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the kind of generic movie title that I’d fall asleep halfway through reading, I must admit that I’m genuinely curious about this action-comedy flick teaming Ryan Reynolds. We may not see Deadpool and Nick Fury together in a Marvel movie anytime soon, but these are two of the most adept actors when it comes to mixing crazy action as well as constant punchlines, so who gives a flip if they’re playing nondescript gun guys?



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Red Dead Redemption 2
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Crackdown 3
God of War
Metro: Exodus
Dragon Ball FighterZ

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